This children’s illustrated alphabet book was published by Kate Greenaway in 1886. Hardback copies of her book are still available, but cost several hundred dollars per edition. Kate Greenaway’s original illustrations are now in the public domain. As I was able to obtain reasonably good quality reproductions of her original drawings, and as I had access to the software to produce modern flipping versions and other digital e-book versions of the publication, I decided to do so.
The rhyme that Kate Greenaway used, “A Apple Pie”, actually dates back to the mid seventeenth century. Back then, the English language did not differentiate between the letters “I” and “J”. The different shapes were just considered different forms of the same letter, which when used in words was always followed by a consonant. The letter “I” is therefore not included in the rhyme “A Apple Pie”, and does not appear in the book. I have read several reviews of Kate Greenaway’s “A Apple Pie”, and many consider the omission of the “I” in the publication was a mistake. It is not a mistake, back when the poem was popular the letter “I” did not exist.
I have the links to the different editions I have produced beside the cover below. The flip book version and the Epub version, I have managed to keep to a low US 0.99 cents. The Amazon Kindle and PDF versions are a little higher in price. The printed version I have made American Letter size, (Trade Paperback), 8.5” X 11” which is a larger size than any other editions that I have been able to trace. In addition to the original coloured illustrations of Kate Greenaway’s, I have included additional colour and graphics to each page, including more examples of the relevant letter being discussed in the nursery rhyme. Hopefully, this will aid children’s learning of the alphabet.